Icon Anthem Mesh Jacket
- Icon relaxed fit
- Durable Fighter Mesh™ chassis for maximum venting
- Removable Icon CE Field Armor™ impact protectors at elbows and shoulders
- Removable dual-density foam back pad
- Heavyweight ballistic impact panels
- Stretch panels for increased mobility
- Lined collar for comfort
- Internal zippered pocket for secure storage
- Removable insulated wind-resistant liner
- Upgradable to Stryker™ CE back protector
- Meets U.S. Military PPE Hi-Visibility Specifications (the yellow and orange color jackets); these also come with a badge holder
We tried the size Medium in this jacket on Huey and we put an XL jacket on Dewey. These are the sizes they normally wear and both fit great. My advice would be to wear the size you normally wear in men’s clothing.
If you look at Icon’s chest size estimates for each jacket, you might be choosing a size larger than you normally wear (example a person with a 46 chest typically is an XL, but using Icon’s chart you’d buy an XXL).
My personal advice for a good fit that is snug enough not to flap or inflate while riding would be to buy the size you normally wear in men’s clothing. We’ve added a column to the table below to give you our estimate of max chest and belly size for each jacket size.
The styling of this jacket is “relaxed” as compared to other motorcycle jackets and the taper from chest to waist is minimal, and therefore belly size won’t be a problem for most. But if you have a bit of a belly, you’ll want to get a measurement and make sure to choose a jacket large enough to work.
|Size||Icon’s Chest Est||Our Max Chest||Our Max Belly|
Our Two Cents
The Icon Anthem jacket is a new style for 2013. Picking one word to describe this style, I’d have to say “unstructured”. The materials used in a lot of protective jackets result in a jacket that has some stiffness, but this one doesn’t. The combination of mesh, (most of the jacket) and the “slinky” sort of stretchy fabric used in the underarms and the sides of the torso are extremely flexible. The whole jacket feels a lot like a hoody. Now granted, there is a bit of solid textile material on the elbows and shoulders which are likely impact areas. And also you get CE protectors in the shoulders and elbows along with a foam back pad, and these things combined will provide a measure of protection in case of a fall. I’ll have to give Icon points for bling. The removable thermal liner zips into the jacket shell with a BRIGHT GOLD zipper which is a first for me in reviewing gear. Take the “Images” link above to see the interior and other features. Comfort, big-time air flow and style are the strong points here. The thing you’ll be giving away though is some of the protection you’d find in more “robust” jackets. :: Paul, 03-14-13